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Area municipalities to kick in for EMS service

The director for the Stoughton Area EMS service said the four area towns that Stoughton provides service to will kick in money next year to help cover thousands of dollars in shortfalls, according to the Stoughton Courier Hub. 

A payment formula was outlined at a Sept. 30 meeting with representatives from the towns of Dunn, Dunkirk, Rutland and Pleasant Springs.

In 2015, the city of Stoughton will pay $87,880; Dunkirk will pay $13,520; Pleasant Springs, $13,130; Dunn will pay $11, 310; and Rutland will pay $4,160, the Hub reported... Read More

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McFarland high school teen killed in crash

A McFarland High School senior was killed in a crash in Jefferson County on Friday night, according to a report.

Cora Rugland, 17, of Oregon, was killed in a crash on Pond Road just east of Highway 26 in Fort Atkinson at around 10:55 p.m., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. An official said the Jeep ran off the road and struck a tree. Rugland was a passenger in the Jeep.

The sheriff's office said the Jeep had driven off the south side of the road, straightened out on a slight curve and struck a large tree.

Another McFarland High School senior, Emily Inabnet, was also injured in the accident and is recovering at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, according to the report.

Two other students were uninjured, according to an email sent from the district superintendent.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Church to offer musical theater show

An Oregon church will offer a taste of musical theater Saturday. 

First Presbyterian Church said there's no cost to watch the performance beginning at 7 p.m. for the church's second annual Broadway Cabaret Night. 

Performers from the Madison and Oregon area will join the First Presbyterian Adult Choir to present a medley of tunes from "Oklahoma." Organizers said admission is free and refreshments will be offered. A free will offering is welcome. 

For more information, visit www.fpcoregonwi.org.

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Oregon referendum asks for $50M to update schools

In just over two weeks the Oregon School District will ask residents for more than $50 million on a referendum ballot.

This is the second time in the last two years the school district has put a referendum before voters. In 2012, a $33 million request failed. Now, school officials are asking for more: $54.6 million in one referendum question, and $355,864 a year starting in 2015 in the second question.

That money would go toward goals like updating security at several school entrances, addressing a roofing problem and increasing the size of school hallways and classrooms as enrollment grows.

School officials said they're asking for more so more of their students see results.

Budget plan: slight increase, more roadwork

A slight increase in taxes and a bigger increase in road construction are among the notable items in the preliminary Oregon village budget.

The owner of an average-value home in Oregon would face an estimated $17.39 increase in the village portion of the property tax bill next year, similar to last year’s increase. That means the owner of a $220,000 home would pay $1,206.81 for the village portion of 2014 property taxes, vs. $1,189.42 in 2013.

On average, however, home values here increased 1.46 percent in the past year. A home that had been valued at $211,000 in 2013 is worth $220,000 this year... Read More

Early voting begins statewide

Voters headed to clerk's offices to vote Monday, just two weeks before Election Day.

In-person absentee voting started statewide Monday morning, but in some places, like Madison, voters will see more limited hours than in the past.

Clerks reported steady turnout in many municipalities on the first day of early voting. Those who want to vote early in person can do so until Oct. 31 during the week.

Many voters said Monday they were stopping in early because they had too much to do on Election Day.

?I just seem to be backed up with so many things to do and cover and I only have one pair of hands and so much time," said Janice Hiller, who voted early Monday in Oregon. "I decided I would take advantage of this quiet time."

"I work that day and I wouldn't get to the polls otherwise," said Paul Weber, who voted early in Madison. "I came down to vote now; otherwise I wouldn't vote."